Martinez crazy wild, Yanks top Cards 3-2 for 6th win in row

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees hardly hit a ball square against Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The way he was pitching, they didn’t need to.

Looking like both an All-Star ace and a wayward journeyman, Martinez put on a historically uneven performance, walking a career-high eight while striking out 11 and handing CC Sabathia and the Yankees a 3-2 win Saturday.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi agreed.

“One of the stranger lines that I’ve seen,” he said.

The Yankees won their sixth straight despite tying a team record by fanning 17 times. They got plenty of help from sloppy St. Louis, which at 3-8 is off to its worst start in 20 years and has the poorest record in the NL.

Martinez’s misadventures on the mound also included airmailing a tapper to the backstop and throwing a wild pitch. He became the first Cardinals pitcher with eight walks and 11 Ks in a game since the aptly named Wild Bill Hallahan in 1930.

“I wasn’t really able to execute the pitches the way I wanted to,” Martinez said through a translator.

His troubles stood in sharp contrast to Sabathia (2-0), who took a shutout into the eighth. Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty homered late for St. Louis.

Martinez (0-2) couldn’t be touched at the start, and not always to his benefit. Of the first 12 batters, none put the ball in play.

The Cardinals’ opening-day starter became the first pitcher in 60 years with at least six strikeouts and six walks through two innings, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Not until Jacoby Ellsbury hit a leadoff single in the third, on Martinez’s 62nd pitch, did the Yankees give the Cardinals defense a chance. Often twisting and contorting when he missed the strike zone, Martinez was pulled after 5 1/3 innings.

“I thought we did a great job of just laying off some tough pitches,” said Chase Headley, who walked twice. “He’s got great stuff, and he was having a little bit of trouble getting into the zone.”

Martinez was the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1993 with at least eight walks and 11 strikeouts in a game. Three St. Louis relievers finished, and by the end, every New York batter had fanned.

Asked why Martinez was so erratic, a dour Matheny could only offer: “It’s a hard game. It’s a hard game.”

It was hardly the kind of pitching that gave the Cardinals their last win in the Bronx. That came in Game 5 of the 1964 World Series, when Bob Gibson threw all 10 innings and struck out 13. St. Louis is 0-5 in interleague play at the Yankees since.

New York got help in scoring twice in the sixth for a 3-0 lead. Ronald Torreyes led off with a routine fly that dropped for a double when the Cardinals lost it in the sun. Martinez later barehanded a comebacker and overthrow catcher Yadier Molina, trying to get Torreyes at the plate.

Gyorko homered with one out in the St. Louis eighth and finished Sabathia, who gave up three hits. The big lefty exited to loud ovation, exiting with a 1.47 ERA after three starts.

Sabathia earned his 225th victory, moving past Hall of Famers Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning for 66th on the career list. Tyler Clippard got his first save despite Piscotty’s home run, striking out Randal Grichuk with two on to end it.

Marlins 5, Mets 4

MIAMI — Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton hit back-to-back homers to cap a three-run eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins rallied past the New York Mets Saturday night.

Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna hit consecutive homers for Miami in the second inning.

The long balls spoiled a fine outing by the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, who tied a career high with 13 strikeouts in seven innings and allowed two runs, both homers. He remained without a decision in three starts despite an ERA of 1.89.

Miami trailed 4-2 when Miguel Rojas walked with two out in the eighth against Fernando Salas (0-1). Yelich followed with his second homer of the year on a 3-1 pitch, and Stanton’s homer into the center field hedge came on a 3-2 delivery.

Curtis Granderson hit an RBI triple off Adam Conley and came home on a sacrifice fly as the Mets scored twice in the seventh.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo homer in the eighth against Junichi Tazawa (1-0) to put the Mets ahead 4-2. The Mets have homered in 11 consecutive games and came into the game leading the majors with 21 home runs.

A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. It was the third consecutive one-run game in the series, with the Marlins winning the past two after losing in 16 innings.

Bour hit his first homer leading off the second, and three pitches later, Ozuna hit his fifth. Ozuna came into the game leading the majors with 16 RBIs.

Four of the Marlins’ six hits were homers.

Miami’s Adam Conley retired 15 in a row but allowed three runs in six-plus innings. He also pitched in emergency relief in the 16th inning of Thursday’s marathon and took the loss.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Neil Walker became their first baserunner since the second when he reached on a leadoff bunt single. Granderson followed with a triple that glanced off the glove of center fielder Yelich as he tried to make a diving catch on the warning track.

Indians 13, Tigers 6

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in a 13-6 loss to the Indians.

Ramirez had a career-high six RBIs with home runs in the first off Verlander (1-1) and in the eighth against Anibal Sanchez.

Verlander (1-1) gave up 11 hits in four-plus innings, including home runs by Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall. Santana had three of Cleveland’s 19 hits and four RBIs,

Corey Kluber (1-1) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits.

Twins 6, White Sox 0

MINNEAPOLIS — Ervin Santana (3-0) pitched a one-hitter for the first complete-game victory by a pitcher in the major leagues this season, stopping Chicago’s three-game winning streak.

Santana’s (3-0) struck out eight, walked one and retired his final 18 batters. Chicago had just two runners: Omar Narvaez singled with one out in the third and Avisail Garcia walked leading off the fourth.

Jose Quintana (0-3) gave up hits to six of his first seven batters in a 39-pitch first inning, including Max Kepler’s two-run triple.

Rockies 5, Giants 0

SAN FRANCISCO — Tyler Chatwood (1-2) pitched 5 2/3 perfect innings before Chris Marrero’s single and finished with a two-hitter for his first big league shutout.

Nolan Arenado had three hits, including a home run off Matt Moore (1-2), who allowed five runs, 10 hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1

TORONTO — Kendrys Morales homered off Tyler Wilson (1-1) leading off the bottom of the ninth, and Toronto (2-9) stopped a seven-game losing streak.

Roberto Osuna (1-0) had allowed Jonathan Schoop’s sacrifice fly in the top half.

Reds 7, Brewers 5

CINCINNATI — Jesse Winker doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth off Carlos Torres (0-1) with his first major league hit, and Cincinnati overcame two more homers by Eric Thames and stopped Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak.

Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan came out of the game after the first inning because of a strained muscle in the back of his left side. The Reds already have three starters on the disabled list.

Raisel Iglesias (1-0) allowed one run in two innings as manager Bryan Price used five relievers after Finnegan’s early departure. Michael Lorenzen walked a batter in the ninth while getting his first career save.

PIRATES 8, CUBS 7

CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer of Pedro Strop (0-1) in a five-run seventh. Pittsburgh has won two straight against the Cubs after going 4-14 against Chicago last season, including 1-8 at Wrigley Field.

Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte also homered for Pittsburgh on a hot, windy afternoon. Chicago led 6-2 before Marte’s solo drive in the sixth inning off starter Jake Arrieta.

Trevor Williams (1-0) pitched a one-hit seventh.

Red Sox 2, Rays 1

BOSTON — Chris Sale (1-1) struck out 12 over seven innings for his first victory with Boston, allowing one run and three hits.

Sandy Leon’s broken-bat, bases-loaded ground out pushed across the tiebreaking run in the seventh. The Red Sox loaded the bases on two singles and a walk against Tommy Hunter (0-1).

Mitch Moreland homered for Boston.

Astros 10, Athletics 6

OAKLAND, Calif. — George Springer hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Houston rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

Sean Manaea and Ryan Dull combined to pitch six hitless innings for Oakland.

Carlos Correa left after being hit by a pitch on his right hand in the ninth, and Astros said an X-ray was negative.

Will Harris (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless seventh, and Santiago Casilla (0-1) was the loser.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON — Cesar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Joe Blanton (0-2— in the eighth.

Jeremy Hellickson (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Hector Neris pitched a perfect eighth, and Joaquin Benoit a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save since signing with the Phillies as a free agent during the offseason.

Royals 3, Angels 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas’ fifth home run this season, a drive off off Jose Alvarez (0-1), broke an eighth-inning tie.

Ben Revere had knotted the score in the seventh with a two-out RBI single against Joakim Soria (1-0).

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Braves 4, Padres 2

ATLANTA — Winless at Turner Field, R.A. Dickey got a victory in his first appearance at SunTrust Park as the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres behind home runs from Brandon Phillips and Adonis Garcia.

Atlanta has won three straight following a five-game losing streak, including its first two games at SunTrust Park.

Dickey (1-1), who left Toronto to sign an $8 million, one-year contract with the Braves, gave up two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings with six strikeouts. He allowed consecutive home runs in the second to Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges

The 42-year-old knuckleballer was pitching in his third Atlanta ballpark. He got two victories for the U.S. team that won the 1996 Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium but was 0-3 against the Braves at Turner Field in six starts and three relief appearances for Texas, Seattle, the New York Mets and Toronto.

By Paul Wager

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